Bill Shorten calls for suspension of live sheep exports

Labor leader says that ‘only a monster’ would think live export industry should be unchanged

Bill Shorten has demanded a suspension of shipments of live sheep during the northern summer and blasted the Coalition for failing to update standards to protect sheep.

On Thursday the bipartisan consensus to wait for a series of reviews before intervening in the industry began to fracture, with the Liberal MP Sussan Ley proposing a private members bill for a total ban, the Labor MP Josh Wilson backing a ban and Shorten warning the government his patience is “running very thin”.

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Rebel Wilson deserved right to reply before liar accusations published, court told

Actor’s barrister says Bauer had a campaign to ‘take down’ Wilson and attempted to ‘neutralise’ her responses

Rebel Wilson deserved the right to reply before a magazine publisher accused her of being a serial liar – and an apology afterwards – a Melbourne court has been told.

The Australian actor is in Melbourne for day two of a court of appeal hearing as Bauer Media challenges supreme court of Victoria orders it must pay her $4.5m for defamation.

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Researchers create super sponge that mops up oil spills

Australian scientists say new polymer can remove crude oil and diesel from seawater
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Oil spills could be soaked up by a new floating substance that combines waste from the petroleum industry and cooking oil, according to new research led by South Australia’s Flinders University.

The new polymer, made from sulphur and canola cooking oil, acted like a sponge to remove crude oil and diesel from seawater, according to a new study published in the Advanced Sustainable Systems journal. The polymer can be squeezed to remove the oil and then reused.

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My town is so green there’s no plastic, so why is my tree covered in it? | Brigid Delaney’s diary

When my editor asked me to live without plastic, I knew it would be easy. Except for the mystery of my tree

Last week my mum was driving me from the coast up to my house, to stay for a couple of days, when I decided to ask her something that had been perplexing me.

“Mum, why did you wrap the tree in my backyard in plastic?”

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Ipswich axes kerbside recycling that would cost residents a ‘few extra dollars per week’

Queensland council’s mayor, Andrew Antoniolli, says every other council will feel brunt of China’s recycling crackdown

The mayor of Ipswich city council, Andrew Antoniolli, has warned every council will feel the brunt of China’s recycling clampdown and ratepayers will eventually foot the bill.

The local government body has come under fire for dumping recyclable waste in landfill because it would have cost $2m a year to comply with China’s tighter imported recycling regulations.

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